The Peoples Democratic Party suffered another setback on Friday as its MLC Yasir Reshi extended support to a faction of disgruntled party leaders and called for ending the "two-family power-sharing model" in Jammu and Kashmir.
"I am in complete conformity with the views expressed recently by my esteemed colleagues, to find an alternative to the traditional two-family system," Reshi said in a statement.
He has supported the group of PDP leaders led by Pattan MLA and former minister Imran Ansari and his MLA uncle from Zadibal, Abid Ansari, who have raised a banner of revolt against the PDP president Mehbooba Mufti.
MLA Tangmarg MLA Abbas Wani, Noorabad MLA Abdul Majid Paddar and Baramulla MLA Javaid Beigh have also thrown their weight behind the Ansaris.
Reshi said: "The need of the hour is to rise to the occasion and collectively, cutting across party lines, build a consensus on a leadership which has the capacity to countering these challenges. The only way out is to give chance to a new leadership," he said.